Prerelease Kits To Be Sold in Stores: ‘Build & Battle’ Kits!

Prerelease kits will now be sold at retailers like Gamestop!

We’ve received word that certain retailers will begin selling a “Forbidden Light Build & Battle Kit” on May 4th, the same day Forbidden Light hits store shelves. Each kit will retail for $19.99.

The kit has the same contents and design as a prerelease kit except it’s marked with a “Build & Battle” label:

  • A 23-card Evolution pack featuring key cards from current and prior sets, including 1 of 4 alternate art promos
  • 4 Forbidden Light booster packs
  • 1 deck-building tip sheet

This now means anyone can easily purchase a prerelease kit to get the promos. It will no longer be necessary to attend prereleases to get the goods (although you won’t get the social experience of the tournaments, nor get the product early). I wonder how this will affect prerelease attendance?

This is probably why the Basic Energy Box is now being sold in stores. I assume TPCi wants groups of friends to hold their own mini tournaments.

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  1. The Ultimate Umbreon To Ultra space and beyond!
    The Ultimate Umbreon


    This is intresting, as now you can just walk down to a local GAME and get a prerelease promo.
    glasscannonsarebroken likes this.
  2. PokemonTCGLover Aspiring Trainer


    Like the idea of holding mini tournaments!
  3. Rocket The Shellos Aspiring Trainer
    Rocket The Shellos


    I've seen smaller stores sell them for $35 AUD if they have leftovers after prerelease. If they (hopefully/probably) retail for less than that over here they won't be happy.
  4. Rocket The Shellos Aspiring Trainer
    Rocket The Shellos


    But I agree, I think it's a good idea, lets people or even LGS hold prerelease-style tournaments more regularly
  5. Dinell Holmes Aspiring Trainer
    Dinell Holmes


    Here's where this is a problem: League leaders / Stores will take a decent hit on PreRelease attendance and may not continue PreReleases if you can just pick up the stuff on day of. They should've delayed these a very large amount after each PreRelease season.

    I run PreReleases and this could be kinda devastating to my league. No more PTOs, League Challenges are a joke, League Cups becoming more and more toxic, and now this? Whats left for a person who wants to run event to get out of it other than generic satisfaction?

    The less a leader or store is incentivized to make money, the less Pokemon events there will be. Have fun with mini events at home I guess though. -_-
    Elray likes this.
  6. Zzrrdd Aspiring Trainer


    Don't know how to feel about this. It will be a nice starter kit for new players, however it takes away a lot of the exclusivity of going to a prerelease and getting an exclusive promo plus new packs early. This will hurt prerelease attendance, however we do still get the cards earlier at prereleases which is a big part of the appeal
  7. Shishigami Aspiring Trainer


    Pokémon. Putting themselves and capitalism above the community that made them what they are today. This change would be more efficent for then but will destroy the market worth for tournament prelease cards. Great as a collector, although not so much if you're a seller.
    PatchampYoutuber likes this.
  8. Animegamer420 Aspiring Trainer


    I hate this so much, these promos are supposed to be for the real dedicated fans
    PatchampYoutuber likes this.
  9. Ok im sorry but I feel this is an awful idea:

    1: It will hit PreRelease Event Attendance, which for smaller leagues will be devastating (people wont feel obliged to attend an event because they will get something special in the form of the promo)

    2: It will devalue the promo cards. Their worth will drop dramatically as they will become more massed produced

    3: It discredits loyalty of dedicated players and collectors who seek something special when a set is released

    I'm really interested in what you guys think about this decision by TPCI?

    Im even tempted to make a video on youtube on this and its not usually my area to critique stuff like this in my videos

  10. HouchinsDJ Aspiring Trainer


    I don’t understand how going to a prerelease makes you a “real dedicated” fan/player. So if you don’t go to prereleases then you’re not a dedicated player? Not sure I see the logic there.

    There’s no evidence at the moment that proves that this will impact attendance. You’re assuming that people go to prereleases only for the promos, and I’m sure the promos are a part of it, but certainly not the sole reason. Being able to get your hands on the new cards before they’re released is, in my opinion, the biggest draw to prereleases and these boxes don’t change that considering they’re not being released early.

    Also, the value of the prerelease promos have never been high to begin with. The market has become so saturated.
    Starsoulklr likes this.
  11. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy


    There was much rejoicing:
    “yaaay” “yaaaaaay”
  12. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul


    Do you have confirmation game are stocking these?
  13. paulyd84 cooltrainerpaul


    This will be final nail in coffin for pokemon prerelease near me, 2 events now have pokemon parties where you buy kit and encouraged to stay and play but no one does... Sad move for pokemon making Promos even more and more run of the mill - might as well just make a 'promo' set for each year and push out booster bundles of it instead..
  14. Tytus Aspiring Trainer


    Thank gosh now my friends and I don't have to pay $40 to go to a prerelease. Now we can just by it for $20 and have a few mini battles. Gonna be fun!;)
  15. Tytus Aspiring Trainer


    I do think it is sad though because it kinda takes the fun out of a PRERELEASE because knowing that the promos won't really be special is annoying.
    Holden Sheeks, Mr. Mirek and Britini like this.
  16. Kent Freeze Aspiring Trainer
    Kent Freeze

    Advanced Member Member

    I don't think this will impact my lgs prerelease tournaments that much -- yes, this is $5 cheaper than the prerelease tourney, but the tourney also gives out a couple packs for prizes. Plus, I feel like most (all?) people at the prerelease events are there for the fun of exploring the new set, which won't be changed by the release of this product.
    Britini likes this.
  17. Sparkeagle Aspiring Trainer


    Well it depends on how much they'll be in Canada, otherwise it doesn't really take a hit on us
  18. Tapu Lele Responsibile for an Economic Recession
    Tapu Lele

    Forum Mod Member

    This isn't an April Fools Joke?
  19. Britini Aspiring Trainer


    This is cool but they should wait to put it on the shelves.
  20. TokenDuelist YGO TCG is Cheaper. Fight me.


    I'd still rather attend a pre-release if they interest me. The only store that sells their leftover pre-release boxes here changed their price to a full pre-release price so I decided to stop buying Pokemon product from them.

    If these show up I expect some stores to be shady about it and do the same. As neat as it is - I would rather get the most out of this product for it's price.

    (Also with this and the Basic Energy Box - it looks more to me like they're grasping at straws due to the terrible sales of Box Sets )